How You Should Ask for a Promotion at Work Right Now

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How You Should Ask for a Promotion at Work Right Now

Neither isِ a good strategy ifِ you wantِ toِ advance inِ your career.
To getِ ahead, youِ needِ to strike a balance betweenِ letting yourِ manager knowِ you’re eager toِ takeِ onِ newِ challenges andِ proving yourselfِ inِ your current position.
You definitelyِ need toِ beِ proactive toِ advance inِ your career, butِ there’s a rightِ way andِ a wrong wayِ toِ doِ it.

1. You can’t prove your worth

If you’re angling forِ a betterِ title, show yourِ boss whyِ you deserve it.
Keep track ofِ your accomplishments, volunteer forِ projects thatِ areِ in line withِ your career goals, andِ learn newِ skills related toِ theِ position youِ wantِ toِ have.
When theِ time comesِ to askِ for a promotion, you’ll beِ able toِ point toِ concrete evidence forِ why youِ shouldِ getِ a bump.

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2. You’re asking at the wrong time

You’re eager toِ getِ aheadِ at work, butِ don’t expect a promotion ifِ you’re stillِ wet behindِ the ears.
Workers inِ their 20s andِ 30s areِ more likelyِ than older employees toِ feel thatِ raises andِ promotions shouldِ beِ offered moreِ than onceِ a year, a survey byِ the Society forِ Human Resource Management found.
And ifِ your company onlyِ promotes atِ certain times ofِ the year (say, afterِ annual reviews), you’ll likelyِ hit a brick wall evenِ if youِ areِ a rock star employee.

3. You think you don’t need to ask

Automatic promotions mightِ happen occasionally, butِ if youِ reallyِ hope toِ advance inِ your career, youِ needِ to makeِ itِ clear toِ your boss.
The sameِ goesِ forِ annual raises, whichِ mayِ no longer beِ a given.
“It usedِ toِ beِ the norm toِ expect anِ automatic annual raise, butِ afterِ the economy tookِ a nosedive, thatِ hasِ becomeِ less andِ less common,” Alison Green ofِ the Ask a Manager blog told Fast Company.

4. You think talent is all that matters

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Yes, youِ needِ to beِ good atِ your job ifِ you wantِ toِ beِ promoted.
But theِ tough truth is, youِ alsoِ need toِ knowِ howِ to play theِ game.
At manyِ companies, career advancement mayِ not beِ based onِ merit alone, butِ alsoِ on yourِ relationships withِ your colleagues andِ higher-level decision-makers.

5. You don’t lay the groundwork

Don’t wait untilِ your annual review toِ letِ your boss knowِ you’re lookingِ to advance.
Instead, start laying theِ groundwork forِ the promotion months inِ advance.
“The absolute worst mistake youِ canِ make isِ to simply show upِ onِ the day ofِ your performance review andِ ask forِ a promotion andِ raise,” Ramit Sethi wrote onِ the I Will Teach You toِ Be Rich blog.